BLC Puts On "Educating with Wikipedia" Workshop - February 23, 2018

Zach McDowell presenting at the event

On February 23rd, at Boston University’s Hillel House, the BLC held an “​Educating with Wikipedia” workshop. During the workshop, a panel of experts introduced their research on how and why teaching with Wikipedia is helpful for developing critical thinking and information literacy skills, illustrated best practices, and engaged participants in revising their assignments to include Wikipedia-based components.

 

 

Imagine a world in which every single
human being can freely share in the sum of
all human knowledge. That’s our
commitment. -Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder

Amy Carleton, Lecturer of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT, explained how Wikipedia offers students an opportunity to develop writing and communication skills and a shift in perspective.​  Zach McDowell, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Former Research Fellow at the Wiki Education Foundation, discussed his research of Wikipedia over the past few years. Greta Kuriger Suiter, Processing Archivist at MIT, explained how use of Wikipedia in education benefits the online encyclopedia. Anna Newman, ​Librarian for Digital Academic Strategies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Phoebe Ayers, Librarian for Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT, Greta Kuriger Suiter, and Amanda Rust, Assistant Director of the Digital Scholarship Group and Digital Humanities Librarian at Northeastern University, shared how their institutions are using Wikipedia for education. Participants broke out into groups to brainstorm the ways they could teach and use WIkipedia at their institutions. Participants learned how and why teaching with Wikipedia is helpful for developing critical thinking and information literacy skills. 


The presentation slides from this workshop are archived on our "Member Events" page. Please contact Executive Director Susan Stearns or Program Coordinator Jessica Hardin if you have any questions or suggestions for future professional developement events.